1939 The Gentleman's Companion volume II Beeing an Exotic Drinking Book


mented radishes mixed with spirits of turpentine. One January 2 years back we took MARMION in a howling no'theaster along with the, then, 4 year bride, a companion, and an insane steward, and pointed her down to Key West to get some receipts from Hemingway for the cookery book. We fished the Gulf Stream by day, and ate and drank and talked half the night. Even by the second day we were withering slightly on vine, and along with raw conch salad, or "souse," listed in Volume I, we got Hemingway's other picker-upper, and liked it. Take a tall thin water tumbler and fill it with finely cracked ice. Lace this broken debris with 4 good purple splashes of Angostura, add the juice and crushed peel of I green lime, and fill glass almost full with Holland gin.... No sugar, no fancying. It's strong, it's bitter-but so is English ale strong and bitter, in many cases. We don't add sugar to ale, and we don't need sugar in a Death in the Gulf Stream-or at least not more than I tsp. Its tartness and its bitterness are its chief charm. It is reviving and refreshing; cools the blood and inspires renewed interest in food, companions and life. When Fritz was sailing his sliver-size canoe YA.CKABOO and making his 50 and 60 mile open water ocean hops from Trinidad up to the Virgin Islands, he annexed this liquid threat to his log book; and double checked during the cruise of DIABLESSE several years later. "This drink," Fritz shouted with his fanatical look, which is a co?1bination of a revivalist preacher and a cloven hoofed satyr, "is a dnnk for those of not too Scotch descent and detailed instructions b ' I may e deciphered on Page 2 43 of The Cruise of the Diablesse (Adv·)· So to fabricate 4 T opets: "Ta~e 5 ponies of any good medium dark rum, and in this soak the s~iral .of a sizeable green lime, muddling ilbout to extract the ~s~ential 01 ls. _Now add an equal pax:t of cold water, and the strained JUlCe of the lm_1e. Next put Yz tsp gomme syrup in each glass. Now carefully flow 1Il the lime-rum mix, being careful to float it on so it . 32 . FRITZ-FREDERICK ABILDGAARD & ALONE-in-the-CAR– IBBEAN-FENGER'S DOMINICA TOPET

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